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We're following cover bands, composers and conventions to showcase the cultural and personal impact of video game music!

Seattle, WA Documentary
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About this project

We want to make an in-depth documentary on the personal and cultural impact of video game music. Have you ever paused a game just to hear the music play? There are thousands of artists inspired by those same sounds. Cover bands are performing phenomenal versions of nostalgic music and chiptune artists are challenging themselves with the original game music methods. Tribute albums are causing collaboration and communication between fans and their favorite composers. Remix communities are resulting in new composers to score the next generation of games. Festivals are developing into friends and families all because of video game music. We want to capture this phenomenon from many different angles to showcase the amazing communities, people, and effects this music has fostered.

We're a group of students, independent filmmakers and volunteers who've been making this happen on our own, and we need your help to take this film across the country and across the world. We want to travel to the East coast, attend the Music and Gaming Festival in Maryland, and interview internationally based composers. With your help we can capture the footage this documentary needs.

The designs for the CD, Bluray, and flash-drive mock-up may differ slightly by the time of creation.

Our current cast includes but is not limited to:

  • Austin Wintory - Composer, Journey, Banner Saga, Flow
  • Jake Kaufman - Composer, Shovel Knight
  • The Megas - Mega Man Cover Band
  • Starbomb - Band
  • Urizen - Band
  • Erik Peabody (Viking Guitar) - Cover Artist/Band
  • Nate Horsfall - Director of 'Spectrum of Mana' Project
  • The Reno Video Game Symphony
  • Tim Trzepacz - Rhythm Core Alpha Creator
  • Jesse Buddington - Loudr.fm Cofounder
  • Jesse Avila (1000 Needles) - 8 Bit LA Cofounder, Chip Artist
  • Luke Esquivel (A_Rival) - Chip Artist
  • Pedro Silva (Slime Girls) - Chip Artist
  • Morgan Tucker (Crashfaster) - Chip Artist
  • Eric Fanali - 'Rockage SJ' Creator
  • and more!

    If we reach our goal, artists on board to participate in the project include:

  • Hiroki Kikuta - Composer, Secret of Mana Series
  • Manami Matsumae - Composer, Mega Man, Shovel Knight
  • Grant Kirkhope - Composer, Banjo Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64
  • Norihiko Hibino - Composer, Metal Gear Solid Series, Bayonetta
  • Tommy Tallarico - Composer, Video Games Live Co-Creator
  • Danny Baranowsky - Composer, Super Meat Boy, Binding of Isaac
  • Braxton Burks - Pokemon Reorchestrated
  • The Minibosses - Cover Band
  • Bit Brigade - Cover Band
  • The Oneups - Cover Band
  • The Super Guitar Bros - Cover Band
  • Random Encounter - Cover Band
  • Triforce Quartet - Cover Band
  • Lonely Rolling Stars - Cover Band
  • Power Glove - Cover Band
  • DJ Cutman - Video Game DJ
  • Chibitech - Chip Artist
  • Inverse Phase - Chip Artist
  • Random AKA Megaran - Chip Hop Rapper
  • Grant Henry - Stemage, Metroid Metal
  • Dan Behrens - Danimal Cannon

Risks and challenges

With any film production there are challenges in the form of scheduling, travel, and post-production timing. As a group of volunteers these challenges are even more present. Thankfully, our team is dedicated to developing this project with a timely and efficient production schedule. In the event that we encounter a setback, we will keep you informed every step of the way as we endeavor to create the film we know you want to see.

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FAQ

  • Unfortunately we've smashed our piggy banks in order to film what we have so far. We believe in providing content and telling this story about wonderful people, but theres only so much we can do on our own. If we don't reach our goal we will have to seriously recalculate our production plans. That's why we're asking you to seriously consider helping us make this film happen!

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  • We don't, everything so far has been accomplished through saving our money in 2013, driving from Seattle to LA, and through the kindness of people assisting us. We wanted to show you that there really was a film here before we asked for your support, so we believe it was worth it regardless.

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  • Depending on who you're referring to, its likely that we haven't been able to get in contact with them. Many composers are hard to reach, especially as two new filmmakers without recognition. If you have the ability or opportunity to assist us in getting in contact with your favorite composer, please don't hesitate to contact us! We appreciate any and all help as this is evidently a collaborative project!

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  • The film will be feature-length, but all content not included in the film will be accessible in the form of extras and extended interviews. There will be plenty of video outside of the film itself to enjoy!

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  • We're not currently, but as you can tell by our shoutouts and tweets we're very happy to be among other creators and we're supporting them wholeheartedly. In fact, if you're looking for another great project to get VGM video in the meantime, we urge you to check out the series "Diggin' in the Carts" to get your fix before The Players' Score is released!

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    OUR THANKS: You have our gratitude and thanks, and will receive updates on the film's progress.

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    NEW PLAYER: You will receive access to special video updates on the film's progress, and have your name in the credits of the film.

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    DIGITAL SOUNDTRACK: (All tiers above this include this!) ALL backers who pledge $10 or more will receive Jake Kaufman's soundtrack and all music created for The Players' Score, regardless of the reward you've chosen. You'll also receive special video updates, and have your name in the credits of the film!

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    THE FILM: You will receive early access to an HD download or stream of the finished film before its released, get special video updates on the film's progress, and have your name in the credits of the film!

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    THE FILM + PHYSICAL SOUNDTRACK: You will receive a physical CD copy of the OST for the film complete with fabulous art, early access to an HD download or stream of the finished film before its released, special video updates on the film's progress, and have your name in the credits of the film!

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    ALTERNATE COSTUME: You will receive an amazing limited edition T-Shirt to look super cool, represent your love for videogames, music, and the film you helped make happen! You will ALSO get early access to an HD download or stream of the finished film before its released, special video updates on the film's progress, and have your name in the credits of the film!

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    THE BLUE BOMBER: You will receive an HD BLURAY copy of the film in a beautiful Bluray case complete with extras such as extended interviews, behind the scenes, bloopers and other special content! You will ALSO get early access to an HD download or stream of the finished film before its released, get special video updates on the film's progress, and have your name in the credits of the film!

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    THE DEVICE: You will receive a special resin-cast joystick (made by the director himself) that is actually a flash-drive containing an HD copy of the film and extras! You will ALSO get early access to an HD download or stream of the finished film before its released, get special video updates on the film's progress, and have your name in the credits of the film!

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    BLURAY + PHYSICAL SOUNDTRACK: You will receive a physical CD copy of the OST and and an HD BLURAY copy of the film in their respective cases complete with their fabulous art. You will also receive early access to an HD download or stream of the finished film before its released, special video updates on the film's progress, and have your name in the credits of the film!

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    DOUBLE UP POWER UP: You get two different items! Choose a combination of Bluray, T-Shirt, Flashdrive or Physical Soundtrack! You will ALSO get early access to an HD download or stream of the finished film before its released, get special video updates on the film's progress, and have your name in the credits of the film!

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    FULLY EQUIPPED: You get a personalized thank you note from the director, the Physical Soundtrack, the T-Shirt, the Bluray, the Device, early access to an HD download or stream of the finished film before its released, special video updates on the film's progress, and your name in the credits of the film!

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    CO-OP COVER SYSTEM: You get FULLY EQUIPPED plus musicians are at your command! You may request that your favorite song from any video game be covered by chiptune artists “A_Rival” or “1000 Needles” in 8-bit fashion, or by the Reno Video Game Symphony's Tomo Club in acoustic fashion! There are multiple genres to choose from, but these are first come first serve as artist availability and slots fill up, so donate early on!

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    SCREEN TIME: You get FULLY EQUIPPED and you can come hang out with us on the internet! You’ll be invited to an hour long Skype hangout with us (the Director/Co-Director) and some of our very special artists from the film, not up to but including VGM rock band "The Megas"! These are very limited and will fill up quickly, so be sure to donate early on!

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    VIKING GUITAR LESSON: You get FULLY EQUIPPED and a 1 hour Skype session with the phenomenal Viking Guitar! He can cover guitar and audio production mixing/mastering, or just hang out and talk about video game music! (Limited to one!)

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    DALE NORTH COVER: You get FULLY EQUIPPED plus the option to have your favorite song from any videogame covered by musician and Destructoid Editor-In-Chief Dale North! (Limited to one!)

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    RANDOM ENCOUNTER COVER: You get FULLY EQUIPPED plus the VGM accordion-fronted rock band Random Encounter is at your command! You may request your favorite song from any video game be covered by the band! (Limited to one!)

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    LAN PARTY: You get FULLY EQUIPPED and get to come physically hang out with us in LA! You and a guest can join us (the Director/Co-Director) and some of the artists from the film, not up to but including VGM rock band "The Megas" for a rad day of hanging out. We'll take you to lunch and the arcade! These are very limited and will fill up quickly, so be sure to donate early on! (Travel expenses are not included.)

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    FINAL BOSS: You’ve been an essential part of getting this film made and your generous support will be recognized with an IMDB Official and on-screen Executive Producer Credit! You will of course receive the FULLY EQUIPPED package as well as an exclusive invitation to the world premiere of our film! (Location TBA, travel expenses not included.) You've helped us make this film a success and your name will be a part of film history.

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